I've loved the Posies since I heard the first notes of "My Big Mouth" from their "Dear 23" album, and I've been a big fan of everything they've done together as a band since. This album does have a different sound/vibe from their others, and in part I think that it's because Jon's and Ken's songs have grown more distinguishable from one another than they used to be. That is, to my ears, this record sounds *a little bit* more like a combination of their recent solo efforts (particularly, Jon's "Year of Our Demise" and Ken's "Soft Commands") than it does like a fully integrated Posies album (not to the extent of "Private Sides", but you'll hear what I mean). This is also a generally more mellow record than their others. I must say, though, that when they put their voices together in earnest, they sound as wonderful as ever, and frankly I enjoy every song from start to finish. For me, some of the stand-out tracks are "Cleopatra Street", "For the Ashes", "She's Coming Down Again!", and "Holiday Hours." But, as with every Posies release, there's not a clunker here anywhere, and I think that this one will really reward multiple listens (and the more careful the listen, the better). If you're new to the Posies, I don't know that I'd necessarily recommend this one to you as an introduction (it's just too uncharacteristic of their full output), but if you're even a casual fan I believe that you will want to play it again and again.
It's great to have them back!